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There are a number of good things going on out in the field. Below are stories of the good things that our EMS personnel are doing our EMS personnel are doing.



10 West Virginia EMS/Fire Agencies receive the 2017 American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Award

Ten EMS Agencies in West Virginia are receiving the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline® EMS Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. A total of 627 EMS agencies in the US are receiving the award this year.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it's critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

Unfortunately, a significant number of STEMI patients don't receive this prompt reperfusion therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate these patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline's EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients.

Emergency Medical System providers are vital to the success of Mission: Lifeline. EMS agencies perform 12-lead ECGs which measure the electrical activity of the heart and can help determine if a heart attack has occurred. They also follow protocols derived from American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines. These correct tools,  training, and practices allow EMS providers to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center, and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measures. The achievement measures are:

  • Percentage of patients with non-traumatic chest pain ≥ 35 years, treated and transported by EMS who received a pre--hospital 12--lead electrocardiogram
  • Percentage of STEMI patients treated and transported directly to an STEMI receiving center, with prehospital first medical contact to device time ≤90 minutes
  • Percentage of lytic eligible STEMI patients treated and transported to an STEMI referring hospital for fibrinolytic therapy with a door--to-needle time ≤30 minutes
  • NEW PLUS MEASURE (Optional): Percentage of 12 lead ECGs performed on patients in the field with an initial complaint of non-traumatic chest pain ≥ 35 years, within 10 minutes of EMS arrival to the patient.


The award levels and volume requirements for each level award include:

Bronze: A minimum of 75% compliance for each required measure. Volume: at least 2 STEMI patients per reporting quarter with at least 4 STEMI patients in the 2016 calendar year.

Silver: Aggregated annual score achieving a minimum of 75% compliance for each required measure. Volume: at least 8 STEMI patients in the 2016 calendar year.

Gold: 2 consecutive calendar years achieving criteria for a Silver Award

To achieve a Bronze Plus, Silver Plus, or Gold Plus award, an agency must have met the threshold for the respective award AND must report on and achieve at least 75% compliance on Plus Measure.


Agencies in WV awarded include:

  • Cabell County EMS and City of Martinsburg Fire Department - Gold Plus level award
  • Wheeling Fire Department - Silver Plus
  • Morgan County EMS, Mon EMS, and Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority - Silver
  • Marion County Rescue Squad, Berkeley County Emergency Ambulance Authority, Harrison County EMS - Bronze
  • Putnam County EMS (Team Application) -- Bronze


Today were celebrating lives saved because of the hard work and dedication of these agencies and the communities served by each of them should be very proud of their prehospital care professionals.


For their accomplishment, the American Heart Association will recognize these agencies throughout the year at professional meetings, in professional journals including EMS World Magazine and on the AHA website.


We congratulate you all on your accomplishment!



About Mission: Lifeline

The American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline® program helps hospitals and emergency

medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for acute coronary syndrome patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines.  For more information, visit heart.org.



Grafton Fire Department receives rapid response license

By Nicki Skinner Editor


GRAFTON-The Grafton Fire Department Unit 106 has been awarded licensing as a rapid response agency, after passing inspections from the state Wednesday.

According to Grafton Fire Chief Dave Crimm, being a licensed rapid response agency is something the fire department wanted to do for the community.

"This is an additional cost to us, above and beyond our normal fire fighting duties, but we wanted to do it to better serve a community that has always shown us a tremendous amount of support," shared Crimm.

The fire department was previously affiliated with other rapid response agencies, but Crimm said he wanted to be a stand-alone agency. He said this would ensure that when information is sent out, it would be sent directly to them.

"That way, we can keep up with any protocols and changes made to improve our services," explained Crimm.

During the inspection, state licensers inspected multiple areas including the vehicle, supplies, the firemen's medical training, as well as looked over the department's training records.

Craig Crimm, Public Information Officer for the Grafton Fire Department, reported that all of the members of the fire department are trained in First Aid/CPR. He went on to say that some have increased that training to the Emergency Medical Responder and Emergency Medical Technician levels. The fire department also has the benefit of having a licensed paramedic on staff.

"The fire department is committed to assisting our EMS partners, including Taylor County EMS and Flemington EMS, whenever our assistance is requested," stated C. Crimm. "We look forward to continuing our relationships with our EMS partners, to better serve the public."

According to Jimmy Sadler, West Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services Agency Licensing Coordinator, after inspecting the fire department's EMS assistance/personnel carrier truck, he awarded them with the state rapid response licensing.

"Our members worked extensively, over the last several weeks, to ensure the unit was equipped with the proper equipment to pass the inspection process," explained C. Crimm. "This is the first time one of our apparatus have been licensed by the OEMS."

D. Crimm shared that he would like to have more trucks added to the license, which will include a new engine and a new personnel carrier.

"We are excited to receive our rapid response licensing," expressed D. Crimm. "We felt like we needed to do this to improve the services for the citizens of Taylor County, because we really appreciate their continued support, and would like to continue to serve them to our fullest ability."


Community Mourns Loss of a Local Hero

On October 14, 2016 John Parker, a "ems ninja", was called home. The funeral is set for this Sunday at the Family Worship Center in Beckley at 2 p.m. For more information, click here.


Transition and Change in One Community that has resulted in success


As a community grows, changes and evolves, so should the services provided to the community in order to best serve its citizens.  There is no match for volunteers who want no greater reward than serving their local community.  Life moves quickly and as jobs change, families change, and our economy changes, the ability to respond as often as a volunteer would like changes as well.  These changes led Teays Valley Fire Department to the inevitable reality of what they intended vs. what they were really able to commit to doing.  The reality was that an even bigger change was needed.  The need to transition to a paid fire/EMS service.

Teays Valley's primary fire protection district is a community with a population of over 20,000 people in 6000+ households encompassing a land area of over 34 square miles.  Our fire department was founded in 1964 with a 1942 pumper and old gasoline tanker that were housed at the Teays Valley Exxon until a station could be built.  As with many fire and EMS agencies, Teays Valley Fire Department serves as the de facto safety net for the community providing more than just the typical fire and EMS services.  This group is involved with prevention and education, community planning and management, helping with training and lifting of patients at the local hospital and nursing homes, and so many more functions.

In 2013, Teays Valley Fire Department made the decision to transition from a volunteer agency to a paid agency.  It has been a learning experience over the past 3 years, but the service available to the citizens is well worth our growing pains.  If you have an agency that is interested in making this transition, keep the following things in mind:

  • Have goals clearly in mind.   Regardless of what obstacles you face, focus clearly on your goals.
  • People were more afraid of not being a part of the change than of the change itself.
  • Don't forget your roots and where your organization came from.  The "old timers" who started out as volunteers that are still around have immense value.  Don't shut them out.
  • Personnel are much more likely to buy into a plan if they have ownership in the decision making process in the initial stages.  Sometimes, the best laid plans simply don't work, so be open to try different options. This helps to build trust and eventually support for the right plan.
  • Have a strong leadership team that complements each other, works together and provides a great example for staff to follow.
  • Never stop learning and evolving.
  • Gain the support of your local government, county commission, etc.  It is critical to have this support in making a transition from volunteer to partial or fully paid service.
  • Teays Valley Fire Department has a strong chief who is a visionary that leads the Department in the right direction while encouraging growth and he keeps a focus on the goals.



Heroes in Parkersburg/Wood County

Heroes do not just exist in comic books and movies.  They are all around us.  Just recently, some heroes have been spotted in the Parkersburg/Wood County area.  The Parkersburg Fire Department has been involved with two such encounters.  One Parkersburg school teacher was experiencing a heart attack and her fellow teachers and school nurse initiated CPR and utilized the AED until St. Joseph's Ambulance and Parkersburg Fire Department crews were able to get on scene, initiate appropriate pre-hospital care and transport the patient to the hospital.  The patient had a remarkable recovery and was able to walk out of the hospital.

On July 24th PFD duty officer was doing rounds and as he crossed the intersection to station 4 he noticed a car cutting through the parking lot next door to station.  He originally thought the person was trying to avoid the red light. As he pulled onto station 4 ramp, the car quickly pulled in behind him.  The driver advised him that her passenger was having an allergic reaction to a sting.  The duty officer quickly notified central communications and station 4 personnel responded.  Rescue 1 personnel also responded from station 3.  Pt was sitting in passenger seat and only responsive to pain.  Within a few minutes of his arrival he started having a seizure.  Station 4 personnel quickly attempted to get vitals and called medical command while rescue personnel prepared the epinephrine.  St Joe ambulance arrived on scene as permission to give epi was granted.  St Joe Ambulance started an IV and prepared to give benadryl.  PFD administered epi and started monitoring vitals again as well as get pt history from driver of car.  Pt was transported to CCAS.

The teachers, school nurse, EMS and fire crews that responded and acted are all heroes and we thank you.


Jackson County EMS - Learning and Building Relationships Between the Hospital and EMS Agency.

It is important for us to learn from each other and share what is going well in various agencies. Jackson County EMS has recently started doing trauma case reviews with the local hospital. This has proven to not only be a good learning experience, but another way to build the relationship between the hospital and EMS agency. It gives crews the opportunity to hear from the ER physician and surgeons that our pre-hospital care and treatment was beneficial for the overall patient outcome and what the final disposition of the patient was. So many times in EMS, we don't get to see or hear the final outcomes for our patients. Not only are we concerned about the patients' well-being, but we want to know the outcome of the effort and hardwork that was put forth on that call. Jackson County EMS looks forward to continuing these reviews.

Just a few other "best practices" or lessons learned from Jackson County EMS that have made an impact on their operations has been succession planning.

  • JCEMS is training a group of new leaders to lead the agency in coming years. There is a 'football' that contains all contact information, schedule of routine meetings, etc. that would allow someone to come in and take over the agency in the event that the Director is incapacitated for some reason.
  • JCEMS has six students in the new hybrid class being offered by Mountwest in conjunction with multiple agencies and RESA. These students will complete their program and be ready to test as paramedics in July 2017.
  • The third Wednesday of every month is designated as mandatory staff inservicing. A schedule has been developed to cover EMS topics required for recertification. This allows for completion of all recertification requirements within a 2 year timeframe as a part of their normal scheduled routine. If an employee misses the required training, it is then the employee's responsibility to obtain that portion of the requirements for recertification.
  • The staff have become a family. To quote, Steve McClure, Director, "I have the best EMTs and paramedics in the state. If you don't believe me, just ask them. I encourage that behavior, but tell them they need to be prepared to prove it."
  • JCEMS is serious about its financial responsibility to the community. They are good stewards of their funds and use them to reinvest in the agency to provide staff with the best facilities and equipment they can.


Logan Emergency Ambulance Service Authority just simply serves its community.

On any given day, there are multiple things going on.  Whether it is delivering supplies to a County Commission function going on across town, assisting with event/mass gathering planning, conducting water/kayak safety camp for 7-14 year olds, or just the everyday rescue and pre-hospital treatment and transport, LEASA does whatever the community needs and has been for the past 38 years.  LEASA is supported by a levy and reimbursement for services provided.


LEASA recently conducted a Water/Kayak Safety Camp for kids ages 7-14 years old.  The Camp was conducted over 3 days.  The camp included classroom and hands on training.  The kids were taught how to read the water, how to help others and themselves, heat related illness, different safety devices and how to operate a kayak/canoe.  The kids were also given the opportunity to demonstrate what they learned by participating in a 4 mile float on the Guyandotte River.



LEASA collaborated with other community partners to provide this Camp for the community:   Air Evac, the County Commission, fire departments, private river/kayak companies, Chief Logan State Park, the county school system, Four Seasons.

The kids had a great time and they learned some important information about staying safe in the water and during the heat of summer months in the process.


Putnam County EMS Proves Successful with Recruitment, Retention and Community Collaboration.

Putnam County EMS experiences very little turnover and limited vacant positions say John Dearnell, the agency's EMS Director, who states that there is only one vacant full-time position within the agency.  What is the secret to their success in recruiting EMS providers and retaining them long into the future? An overall positive environment from the time you walk in the door. At Putnam County EMS the facilities are very nice and well maintained. In addition, the vehicles and equipment are in good repair; in all, personnel are provided with the equipment need to do the job right. At an agency where each employee is more than "just a number," there is truly a friendly, family atmosphere at Putnam County EMS.

This positive attitude and work environment is not just isolated to the agency itself or contained solely within the stations. Instead, it is carried throughout the community with other partners as well. The emergency response system in Putnam County does not end or begin with Putnam County EMS; those in need start to receive the best of care when dialing 9-1-1 in their worst moments. Dispatchers begin by obtaining information while also providing support to the distressed caller, all before selecting and dispatching the appropriate resources. However, in most of the cases, the response to an incident is truly multi-faceted. Each and every one of the volunteer fire departments within Putnam County maintains and actively participates in a first response program.

Law enforcement is often called upon to assist Putnam County EMS and, when the call comes, their response is rapid. No matter the need, law enforcement plays a strong role in daily EMS operations. Hurricane Police Department recently became the first law enforcement agency within the county to train and deploy Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs) in the field; their agency monitors EMS and fire frequencies and responds to all call types, should the need arise. Putnam County EMS has recently began working more closely with law enforcement agencies to incorporate law enforcement and fire personnel in their regular training courses in an effort to simulate, and improve upon, the already existing inter-agency cooperatives.

While unified training opportunities prove to benefit the community, the benefits for each responder (no matter the specialty) do not end there. The Education Director at Putnam County EMS also recently obtained his Law Enforcement Officers Instructors Certificate; this certification, and with collaboration with the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety - Division of Justice and Community Service's Law Enforcement Professional Standards (LEPS) Program,  law enforcement continuing education credit is also afforded to law enforcement officers participating in eligible courses.

In addition, Putnam County EMS also works with many other partners in the healthcare system; agencies such as local hospitals, the Putnam Wellness Coalition, and the Kanawha-Putnam Health Department all aid in providing injury and illness reduction activities targeted at improving the overall health of the community. To date, Putnam County has seen a decrease in the administration of naloxone (Narcan) as a result of their cumulative efforts to solve the opioid overdose epidemic that has swept the region. Putnam County EMS Education Director, Bradley Hughes,  says that this decrease in naloxone administration is likely the result of many dedicated members of the EMS, law enforcement and public health community that have recently come together to host town hall meetings to curtail alcohol and drug abuse. Undeniably, such accomplishments and collaboration would not be possible without the unwavering support of the Putnam County Commission.

While leaders of Putnam County EMS communicate many good things happening in their local communities, their agency is not immune to some of the difficulties which plague other EMS systems. What adversities are on the top of Putnam County EMS's list? Overtime utilization, reimbursement, and SIRN connectivity are just a few but these challenges seem to push this group onward toward progress and improvements, not only for their agency but for their whole community.



West Virginia Schools Using 'Medical Time Out' at Football Games


Regional director leads effort to prepare everyone for EMS response. JEMS Wed, Jul 31, 2013.

With the school year getting ready to start, I thought this article would be timely to share even though it was published a few years ago. Be on the look-out for Dr. Kyle's follow up article in the near future! For a link to the full article, click on this sentence.

Thanks for your consideration.

Have a great day!




First Responders Recognized at Annual Festival

  • By Hannah Rosche Times West Virginian
  • Jun 5, 2016

Responders Recognized

FAIRMONT - The second annual First Responders Festival honored Marion County first responders Saturday at Palatine Park.

The event began at 11 a.m. and ran until 4 p.m.

The festival started with the showing of the apparatus, where attendees of the festival were able to view fire, EMS and police vehicles.

The fire department hosted a "water battle," and vendors were set up at the park.

The Bradley Shaw Band, Wyatt Turner and the Marshall Lowery Band were all musical guests and played throughout the festival.

The awards ceremony was presented to the crowd. Several awards, including EMS Trainer of the Year (Ben Tacy), the Junior Slaughter Lifetime Achievement Award (Kelly Moran), First Responder Fire Fighter of the Year (Brian Toothman), First Responder Law Enforcement Officer of the Year (Arthur Thompson), First Responder EMS Provider of the Year (Greg Guire) and the First Responder Telecommunicator of the Year (Angie Clutter) were presented to honor first responders.

After the ceremony, a mock DUI accident demonstration was held at the festival, giving attendees an up-close look at what first responders do every day.

"It's been wonderful," Belinda Biafore, one of the event coordinators, said. "The weather has been great and the turnout was good."

Dispatcher Shawna Snyder said the festival was a great way to show appreciation to first responders.

"I think it feels nice (to be appreciated) for the fact that not many people put a lot of thought into thanking us, not only us but the EMTs, the fire department and the police officers," Snyder said.

Snyder thanked attendees and the musical guests for showing appreciation to the first responders of Marion County.

Several vendors were present at the festival, including Pufferbelly's Ice Cream.

Madison Urse, employee of Pufferbelly's, said the festival had a great turnout and that she appreciated what first responders do for the community.

Patty Sheppard also was at the festival, selling her jewelery which she described as a "side project." She said the turnout of this year's festival was better than the previous year.

When asked how she would thank a first responder, Sheppard automatically thought of her brother.

"Thanks for coming and taking my brother when he needed you," Sheppard said. "He's had to go (to the emergency room) a lot. And thank you for your service."

The day was filled with thank-yous, appreciation and celebration of the achievements of Marion County's First Responders.

"Thank you, (first responders), for putting your life on the line every day to make a safer community for us," Biafore said.


To see the full original story click here or go directly to timeswv.com.



Harrison County EMS and Cabell County Emergency Medical Service

Given the American Heart Association's Mission Lifeline 2016

EMS Gold Performance Achievement Award


The American Heart Association recognizes the critical life-saving role EMS provides to the overall success of STEMI systems of care. The correct tools and training allow EMS providers to rapidly identify the STEMI, promptly notify the destination center and activate an early response by hospital personnel. As an EMS agency that delivers education in STEMI identification, provides access to 12 lead ECG machines and develops protocols derived from ACC/AHA STEMI guideline recommendations, your prehospital professionals are driving improvements in the care of STEMI patients.

Beyond these basic components of a "high-functioning" STEMI system of care, Harrison County EMS and Cabell County Emergency Medical Services are part of elite group of prehospital agencies in the US focused on not just "high-functioning" but also "high-quality" STEMI systems of care. These 2 agencies join 565 other EMS agencies in the US and are 2 of 7 other EMS agencies in West Virginia that are receiving the 2016 American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline EMS Performance Achievement Award.

To achieve the Gold Performance Achievement Award, these two agencies achieved a 75% or higher compliance score for each specific EMS quality measure for 24 months. These measures include:

  • Percentage of patients with non-traumatic chest pain > 35 years of age, treated and transported by EMS who receives a pre-hospital 12 Lead ECG. •
  • Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Receiving Center, with pre-hospital First Medical Contact (FMC) to Device (PCI) < 90 Minutes.

Today were celebrating lives saved because of the hard work and dedication of Harrison County EMS and Cabell County Emergency Medical Service. The communities served by these two agencies should be very proud of their prehospital care professionals.

For their accomplishment, the American Heart Association will recognize all awarded agencies throughout the year at professional meetings, in professional journals including JEMS and on the AHA website.

So on behalf of all the staff and volunteers of the AHA I would like to present Harrison County EMS and Cabell County Emergency Medical Service with the American Heart Association's Mission Lifeline 2016 EMS Gold Performance Achievement award.

Congratulations on your accomplishment!



Mason County EMS

People Who Care Enough to See Us Through Tough Times


Mason County EMS is not unlike a number of agencies across the state and even across the country.  They are facing budget and funding reductions that are requiring changes to how they currently operate.  The staff of Mason County EMS are facing these challenges with a very positive attitude even though it is requiring some sacrifice on them individually.  Each staff person has been affected by a pay cut of $500.  However, they are all still there every day.  To quote the Mason County EMS Director, Chuck Blake, his staff is full of "people who care enough to see us through these tough times."  There is a long term plan to get Mason County EMS out of this situation that includes a variety of components including receiving assistance from agencies in neighboring counties until they are back on  their feet.  This is such a good example of teamwork, perseverance and a can-do attitude.


Bradley Hughes has had two articles published in JEMS.


OEMS is extremely proud to showcase one of our own EMS professionals from WV.  Bradley Hughes has had two articles published in JEMS.  To introduce you to Bradley, I will quote the brief biography posted on the JEMS website:

"Bradley Hughes, AAS, MCCP, NRP, NCEE, is a paramedic and FTO for Putnam County EMS in Winfield, W.V., and adjunct faculty at Mountwest Community and Technical College. He's been an EMS provider for 11 years."

JEMS is a national publication that focuses on EMS. JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services) leads the industry in providing the EMS advanced provider, instructor and administrator with clinical breakthroughs, product reviews, continuing education and more.

The link to the two articles is provided below.   Bradley is not done yet.  Please be on the look out for future articles from Bradley.  OEMS will continue to showcase them here as they are published.  Congratulations and great job, Bradley!





Pendleton County Emergency Rescue

40 Years of Service to Pendleton County


Pendleton County Emergency Rescue has been in operation for 40 years.  This group of dedicated and hard working volunteers recently gathered to celebrate their 40 years of service to Pendleton County.  There were a few members in attendance that were part of the "founding fathers" of PCER.  There also members recognized such as Diana Mitchell with 30 years of service and Diana Smith and Willard Martin with 35 years of service.  A number of individuals were recognized with the "Mostest Awards".  These awards recognized individuals with the most runs, most training and most overall.  One individual had over 150 runs in a single year.  Several crew members were also recognized for CPR saved lives.  The group shared stories and newspaper clippings of past accomplishments that have made up the history of PCER and lead to the successful operation that exists today.



Jan Care Ambulance Service Inc.

EMS is the Heart of the Community

Submitted by Paul Seaman


Jan-Care Ambulance management and personnel have a 45 year history of being personally and deeply involved in the 21 communities we serve across West Virginia.  Jan-Care staff's 105 ambulances a day in eleven counties and these vehicles not only respond to 911 emergency calls, interfacility and convalescent transports but also a myriad of community events, large and small each week.  The vast majority of these event standbys are provided at no cost to the community.


Our EMS crews have become very accustomed to providing a friendly face and helping hand at a wide range of events.  These include annual Cancer Walks, Autism Speak events, Down Syndrome Buddy Walks, large Festivals of any kind, County Fairs, Firework displays, Easter-Egg drops, Halloween Tailgate events, Toys for Tots, Via Dolorosa pilgrimages and countless Homecoming and Christmas parades.


Jan-Care also organizes community education programs including monthly CPR classes, elementary school ambulance and safety show and tells, and we are very engaged in participating in high school Prom Promise and Project Graduation events in conjunction with local SADD organizations to help promote safety during these high risk times.


While Jan-Care, like other EMS Agencies cover Friday night football games in many of our communities, we are also seen covering other local sporting events like soccer, lacrosse, rugby, regional cheer competitions and county track meets.  Jan-Care is also on immediate standby at motocross, stock car and mountain bike races, rough and rowdy events and half-marathon runs.


Finally, Jan-Care provides EMS care for major regional events including Bridge Day which hosts 100,000 visitors and 450 BASE jumpers and the two-week Boy Scout National Jamboree with 50,000 attendees.  Jan-Care feels that protecting participants, spectators and citizens in these community events is a part of our EMS mission.  Again, while we receive little or no funding for the vast majority of these coverages Jan-Care employees feel a sense of pride in sharing their medical expertise and bringing comfort to our communities.  Many times we hear, "OK, great, we can begin, Jan-Care is on scene."


PS:  Beyond these community events Jan-Care has also had multiple ambulances on scene for 5 days during the terrible Upper Big Branch mine disaster and recovery operation, eight Jan-Care paramedics were at ground zero in New York immediately following the 9-11 tragedy and we even had JC ambulances in the flood waters in New Orleans during Katrina and Texas during Hurricane Rita.  During widespread major flooding in southern West Virginia, Jan-Care paramedics administered 1492 tetanus vaccines to victims across four counties. EMS will always be more than just responding to dispatched calls; EMS is also about readiness, vigilance and having your finger on the pulse of your community.





Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority
Providing Assistance to Those in Need


KCEAA not only provides emergency medical services to Kanawha County, but this agency also provides support and assistance to surrounding counties whenever the need arises.  This is true for those normal every day surges that we can all experience in call volume or when a disaster or emergency incident occurs.  KCEAA has a Response Team and disaster vehicles that are available to provide support and assistance to any of the 55 counties within West Virginia.  This is a vital resource that few know about, but is beneficial to all of us.   KCEAA has even responded at a national level and sent strike teams to assist in New Jersey for the recent winter storm, Texas and Florida for disasters/emergency incidents that have occurred in those states.


Princeton Rescue Squad
Serving the Community
More than Emergency Medical Services


Princeton Rescue Squad has been in business since 1961.  There are some very good reasons why.  They are very engaged and involved in their local community.  PRS gave approximately 5000 File-for-Life packets to various churches and nursing homes for distribution in 2015.  The FILE OF LIFE idea was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut a few years ago in a slightly different form as the Vial of Life, which was to be kept inside the refrigerator. But the small vial, with a piece of paper containing medical information inside of it, kept getting lost. In addition, when moisture accumulated in the vial, the information became unreadable. "The emergency personnel don't have time to clean out the refrigerator to find the vial," said Ishler, who helped organize the program.


In addition to the FILE OF LIFE for the refrigerator, a compact version is also available for a person to carry in a wallet or purse. A card containing the same medical information is enclosed in the plastic case that is with the person at all times.

This personal wallet size version is an invaluable resource to emergency medical teams responding to critical, life-threatening situations. Having instant access to medical facts and data can make the difference when every second counts.


PRS gets donated stuffed animals from Boy Scouts and other organizations, dry cleans the stuffed animals and gives them to pediatric patients to play with while they receive pre-hospital care.  It is such a small, but significant gesture to help calm and distract a scared and ill child.

In addition to these efforts, PRS is also involved with the local 911 Board, Chamber of Commerce, LEPC, teaching CPR and 1st Aid in the community, providing drug education in the schools, participating with the local hospital and nursing homes in drills and providing a gun shot class for law enforcement.  These efforts demonstrate the true spirit of EMS and justifies to this community the resource and asset that they own.


Newell Fire Department,
New Cumberland Ambulance and
STAT MedEvac 15 Recognized

Submitted by Levi McLaughlin

Newell Fire Department, New Cumberland Ambulance and STAT MedEvac 15 Recognized

Today I had the great opportunity to assist UPMC and Medtronic in recognizing the great work of Newell Fire Department, New Cumberland Ambulance and STAT MedEvac 15. Recently a patient suffered a stroke while at the Mountaineer Race Track. Thanks to the quick response and excellent patient care the patient will have a great outcome.

Originally the patient had a NIHSS score of 18 with facial droop, paralysis to half of his body, and garbled speech. Thanks to their efforts the patient was discharged 5 days later with an NIHSS score of 2 (essentially had slight numbness in a few areas) to his home with physical therapy. Once at the comprehensive stroke center the team was able to utilize a device made by Medtronic to remove a blood clot and restore blood flow to the brain.

Thanks to Newell Fire (Aaron Beaumont, Chad Ringo, Todd Wolfe, Shae Blake), New Cumberland ambulance (Markas Dunlevy, Francis Newbrough) and Stat 15 (Harold Race, Tammy Weaver, Jeff Hoffman). NICE WORK!!!!


Rescuers honored for saving student's life
From WSAZ 3 News Channel


"A Hurricane High School athletic trainer and EMS responders were honored Monday night at Hurricane City Council for saving a student's life in November. Andrew Parks also was there in person to thank all those who came to his rescue a few months ago."


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The Art of Compassion in EMS
by Krista Haugen, RN, MN, CEN
From an Oct 24, 2015 article in EMSWORLD


"We must recognize that though we are each ONE part of ONE team that constitutes ONE link in the chain of survival, we each have value beyond compare and the unique gifts that each of us bring individually make the collective all the better."


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Our Town: Stephanie Vandetta enjoys being a paramedic, being there for those in need.


"No matter what a patient is going through, that can be the worst day of their life," she said. "It's nice to go and help someone in that situation and make them feel better. That's probably the best part of the job."


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STAT EMS congratulates the new Field Training Officers (FTO'S).


The position of the FTO is a difficult and rewarding task. STAT FTO's will be providing training, continued education, employee evaluations and mentorship along with ensuring that STAT EMS LLC. policies and state protocols are being followed. Starting Sept. 1 you will see these FTO's in the field working to ensure STAT EMS LLC. continues to be #1 in quality care and transport. If you see any of the newly appointed FTO's, take the time to congratulate them on their hard work and commitment to the future of our company. ~ STAT EMS EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. - with Jonathan Carolla, Jordon Sabo, George Dorne, Nick Brown-RakeShaker,Zac Butcher and Jason Smyth.


Putnam County EMS - WV State EMS and Firefighters Competition 2015


Our EMT and Paramedic Teams both are bringing home - FIRST PLACE in their competitions.  Also, with recognition of the outstanding EMT Rob Savage - Team Captain, and outstanding Paramedic Scott Ballard - Team Captain 2015 I cannot even begin to tell you how elated I am and beyond PROUD of all of them. It has been so many years since PCEMS was able to secure not only one but two spots....... WAY to Represent. Each and everyone of you need to be extremely proud of what you accomplished in the past few days. It's not merely just a competition. It shows that you have dedication to patient care, teamwork and want to do more with your skills.



Cabell County EMS' Connie Priddy named Instructor of the Year

Cabell County EMS' Connie Priddy has been named Instructor of the Year by the West Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services for her role in establishing and overseeing the state's first Quick Response Team, which has served as a model for other counties to emulate in treating widespread addiction.

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Why did you choose EMS?

Please send me (Melissa.j.raynes@wv.gov) your videos or stories that explain why you became an EMS professional.  I would like to share these on The Positive Stories section of the wvoems.org website.  Please click on the link below to view why Ed Sparks with Marion County Rescue Squad became a paramedic.  He has been serving his community for 37 years!  Thank you, Ed for sharing your story with all of us.  You are an inspiration and a great role model!!!



Have a great day!

Melissa Raynes


Office of Emergency Medical Services

350 Capitol St., Room 425

Charleston, WV  25301-3714


304-558-7125 (fax)

Email address: melissa.j.raynes@wv.gov

Website: www.wvoems.org


"I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so to the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won't amount to anything.  If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right won't make any difference."  -  Abraham Lincoln


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